Now, I'm sure we have all had that one paining that our parents had hung up that gave us the "un-easy feeling". But this legend really does put all those pictures to shame. The picture I'm talking about is The Hands That Resist Him by Italian painter Bruno Amadio. Here is the legend.
Some background information
The Hands Resist Him, is a painting created by Oakland, California artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. It depicts a young boy and female doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed. According to the artist, the boy is based on a photograph of himself at age five, the doorway is a representation of the dividing line between the waking world and the world of fantasy and impossibilities, while the doll is a guide that will escort the boy through it. The titular hands represent alternate lives or possibilities. The painting became the subject of an urban legend and a viral internet meme in February 2000 when it was posted for sale on eBay along with an elaborate back-story implying that it was haunted.
The painting was first displayed at the Feingarten Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA during the early 1970's. A one-man Stoneham show at the gallery, which included the piece, was reviewed by the art critic at the Los Angeles Times. During the show, the painting was purchased by actor John Marley, notable for his role as Jack Woltz in The Godfather.
At some point in time after Marley's death, the painting was reported to have come into the possession of a California couple, after being found on the site of an old brewery, as stated in their original eBay listing. The painting appeared on the auction website eBay in February 2000. According to the seller, the aforementioned couple, the painting carried some form of curse. Their eBay description made a series of claims that the painting was cursed or haunted.
Included in those claims were that the characters in the painting moved during the night, and that they would sometimes leave the painting and enter the room in which it was being displayed. Also included with the listing were a series of photographs that were said to be evidence of an incident in which the female doll character threatened the male character with a gun that she was holding, causing him to attempt to leave the painting. A disclaimer was included with the listing absolving the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased.
News of the listing was quickly spread by internet users who forwarded the link to their friends or wrote their own pages about it. Some people claimed that simply viewing the photos of the painting made them feel ill or have unpleasant experiences. Eventually, the auction page was viewed over 30,000 times. After an initial bid of $199, the painting eventually received 30 bids and sold for $1,025.00. The buyer, Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually contacted Bill Stoneham and related the unusual story of its auction on eBay and their acquisition of it. He reported being quite surprised by all the stories and strange interpretations of the images in the painting. According to the artist, the object presumed by the eBay sellers to be a gun is actually nothing more than a dry cell battery and a tangle of wires.
Stoneham recalls that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed, and the art critic who reviewed it, died within one year of coming into contact with the painting.
So, do you think this is real? Do you think a painting can have effects such as illness, un-pleasant experiences or any other explained phenomena? Let me know in the comments and keep your eyes peeled for my other Let's Talk on The Crying Boy and Girl cursed paintings. Seriously, there's things in there that will open your eyes, shake your nerves to the fullest or if not those, it will make you think twice about that strange looking picture you find at that garage sale.